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[Solved] External Hard Drive.

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by daveleonard, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. daveleonard

    daveleonard Registered Members

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    I recently bought an external hard drive, 500 Gigs, thinking I could put a "mirror image" of my pc on it for back up like with Win 7. But all I could find about this in the Control Panel is "back up files". What I want to do is back up my whole pc especially win 8.1 as I do not have an original disc for 8.1, my original is for win 8.0. So, I have plenty of space now for a back up but I am not sure how to go about it since I no longer see the "mirror image" option in control panel. I could just randomly copy all the system files to my ext hard drive but I thought before I did that I should get a second opinion.
    Thanks.
     
  2. DSTM (Dougie)

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  3. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    allheart55 (Cindy E) Administrator Administrator

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    It's changed from Windows 8 to 8.1, Dave. It's still there but you have to search for it.

    It's now under File History. This link will give you exact instructions. System Backup
     
  4. daveleonard

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    Ok, thanks Cindy and Dougie. Now I have two options. Life just gets better and better.
    Thanks so much and take care folks.
     
  5. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    allheart55 (Cindy E) Administrator Administrator

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    You're welcome, Dave!
     
  6. tecknomage

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    I also use an external USB hard drive to backup my Win7 Pro system 64bit.

    I highly recommend O&O DiskImage which I've used for years, it makes an image not file-backup.

    Product features
    • Backup an entire computer with the push of a button
    • Backup system and hard drives, clone drives and entire disks
    • Brand new file-based backup: now twice as fast as ever before – backup and restore individual files and/or folders
    • Direct creation of VHDs
    • Monitoring and warning of security risks
    • Incremental/differential backup: back up only the changes
    • Easily restore files, folders, drives and disks
    • System restore onto different hardware (M.I.R.)
    • Create a Windows Boot system directly from within the program with driver integration
    • Plug-and-play: Selected files and folders are automatically backed up and synchronized
    • Supports Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Vista
    It comes with a feature to make a DiskImage Boot CD with the full program using your OS. This is what I use to make my image Win7 Pro 64bit backup. Worth every cent.

    It also allows you to mount your image as a drive so you can recover individual files (copy/paste).

    When I was using WinXP, twice I did a full reinstall by booting to the CD and recovering the last backup. My rig booted without a problem.

    Some safety hints:
    • Have a good (non-free) Antivirus installed and run a full scan BEFORE making image (you do not want to backup a virus)
    • Always set verify after making the image, it's too late if you recover a bad backup
     

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